Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links you need to see to finish your day right. Consider this a cup of ice coffee for your mind.
The Wrong Worries (NYT)
Washington has been obsessing over deficits and debt ceilings while the economy crumbles.
Obama Says He’ll Really Fight for the People … Next Time (Creators)
Will the tax cuts Bush originally passed ever be allowed to expire?
New York Attorney General Schneiderman Drops Bomb on Bank of America Settlement and Bank of New York (Naked Capitalism)
Could the big banks really get racked over the coals for once?
The War for “Catch-22″ (Vanity Fair)
The tragicomic 1961 novel that sprang from Joseph Heller’s experience as a W.W. II bombardier mystified and offended many of the publishing professionals who saw it first. But thanks to a fledgling agent, Candida Donadio, and a young editor, Robert Gottlieb, it would eventually be recognized as one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. In an adaptation from his Heller biography, Tracy Daugherty recalls the tortured eight-year genesis of Catch-22 and its ultimate triumph.
The Sex Trade, Part 1: Pleasure, At Any Price (GQ)
Sean Flynn explores the labyrinth of Philippine sex clubs—a paradise for adventurers where the girls are plentiful, cheap, and have no other choice. The first installment of a three-part investigation into the global sex trade.
Tunnel of Love – Dire Straits